2022 NCECA COLLECTORS’ TOUR: Sacramento, California and surrounding areas


Monday, March 14 – Saturday, March 18, 2022
Led by Linda Ganstrom with NCECA Exhibitions Director Brett Binford and curated by Onsite Conference Liaison, Nancy M. Servis

The 2022 NCECA Collectors Tour promises an exciting week of experiences designed for collectors of ceramic art. A dynamic itinerary of exclusive studio and collection visits, curatorial and artistic connections, and insider opportunities to collect from the dozens of exhibitions surrounding NCECA’s upcoming conference will be one of our most rewarding tours.

Commencing early the morning of Monday, March 14, and concluding Saturday, March 19, 2022, this opportunity will have limited registration. The itinerary includes visits to important studios, exhibitions, collections, and organizations throughout the Greater Sacramento, California region. Also included will be reserved seating and special invitations to experiences integrated within Fertile Ground, NCECA’s 56th Annual Conference. The conference will include lectures, artist demonstrations, and thought-provoking discussions on conditions that shape and influence ceramic art in history and the contemporary world.

Northern California is home to some of ceramics’ most recognized artists! Our specialized 5-day tour begins Monday, March 14th with a day trip to the Bay Area where we will visit rarely accessible historic studios, have lunch and a wine tasting with renowned artists at their private home, purchase works directly from highly regarded artists, and view amazing art collections. This exceptional day sets the tone for the entire tour which goes through to March 18th. The itinerary includes visits with curators at the Crocker Art Museum, an anchor exhibition venue for the conference, as well as informative experiences at contemporary galleries and nonprofit venues in and around the Sacramento area including Davis, Woodland, and Roseville. 85 exhibitions will be on view during the conference in the greater Sacramento area. The itinerary includes a thoughtful selection of these viewing and collecting opportunities as well as so much more. A detailed itinerary will be shared following registration.

Each year, the NCECA Collectors Tours welcomes special guests from around the country to accompany the tour, offering expanded perspectives on ceramic art. So, join us for a personalized, exciting, and one-of-a-kind art experience where you will meet artists, make friends, and marvel at the depth and breadth of the ceramic culture of Northern California. Registration will be limited to no more than 30 people. Participants will gain early access to thoughtfully selected exhibitions and enjoy purchasing opportunities while sharing a few meals, conversations, and interactions with prominent and emerging artists. NCECA will also be inviting special guests from regional, national and international cultural communities to deepen the context and broaden perspectives throughout the week. Travel throughout the region will be provided to most locations via luxury motorcoach. Smaller vehicles may be used to reach special destinations. Please see the REGISTRATION toggle below for additional information on health and safety requirements for participation.

In addition to being guided by experienced NCECA Collectors Tour Host, Linda Ganstrom, regional ceramic specialist, Nancy M. Servis, will accompany the tour most days. As a historian of Northern California ceramics, Nancy will provide unsurpassed insight into the development of clay usage by many artists from throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

A practicing artist for more than 30 years and full-time and university educator for more than two decades, through her ceramic sculpture, Linda Ganstrom explores personal issues to explore universal questions and qualities of the human condition. Her childhood spent on a farm in central Kansas is manifest in Ganstrom’s early creative inquiry through themes of nature, growth, and transformation. Concerns of more current work include the roles of women, memory, family, spirituality, gender and personal identity. Linda taught for seven years at Barton Community College before joining the faculty at Fort Hays State University where she directs undergraduate and graduate studies in ceramic art. Ganstrom served as NCECA exhibitions director for six years and helped organize memorable shows featuring national and international artists at the Tampa Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and Milwaukee Art Museum during her tenure.

NCECA is holding a special block of rooms at one of our main conference hotels for 2022 Collectors Tour registrants. Please contact Jacqueline Hardy at office@nceca.net or 303-828-2811 when you register for information about booking these rooms.

The fee for this week-long experience is $1,900.00 per person including two group dinners, three group lunches, ground transportation for the itinerary, conference registration, one-year membership in NCECA, and a $250 donation to the organization. A minimum registration of 14 people is required for this tour to run. Travel to Sacramento and lodging are not included in the fee. Contact Jacqueline Hardy at office@nceca.net or 303-828-2811 to reserve a place.

Because the tour itinerary includes visits to collections in private homes,  all participants are required to provide a record of their full COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, participants must be two weeks past the date of their second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination dose, or a single dose for Johnson & Johnson to be considered fully vaccinated. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, January 21, 2022, booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines aren’t just preventing infections with the contagious Omicron variant — they’re also keeping infected Americans from ending up in the hospital.

All participants will be required to observe Health & Safety Guidelines/Terms and Conditions  practices, including wearing masks while on the tour bus and during indoor activities.

For additional registration info and to reserve your place on the tour, contact NCECA Membership Coordinator: Jacqueline Hardy
303-828-2811 or 866-266-2322 – office@nceca.net

For information on lodging and registration contact NCECA Membership Coordinator: Jacqueline Hardy, 303-828-2811 or 866-266-2322 – office@nceca.net

By registering for this experience, you agree to permit NCECA to share your name and contact information with our hosts of private studio and collection visits. Because NCECA’s 2022 Collectors Tour is designed with exclusive experiences and held to a very limited capacity NCECA respectfully establishes that the following cancellation policy is honored:

Should cancelation of the 2022 Collectors Tour be caused by low registration or changes to California Department of Health guidelines, refunds will be issued to those who do not attend the conference less a $250 donation to NCECA.

Cancellation requests for any other cause received by midnight EST, January 31, 2022, will be assessed a $50 processing fee and the $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA that was built into the registration fee. Those requesting a refund by this deadline, if already paid in full will receive $1,600.

Cancellation requests for any other cause received after midnight, EST on January 31, and before midnight, EST February 10 will be assessed a $550 fee plus a $250 tax-deductible donation to NCECA (a refund of $1,100 if paid in full).

After February 10, 2022 Collectors Tour fees are non-refundable.

Retention of fees or portions of fees is necessary because NCECA Collectors’ Tour includes special experiences that require NCECA to limit the number of registrants and make financial commitments to service providers and vendors.